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Can you feed alfalfa pellets to a horse with cushings along with grass hay. I also feed LMF senior along with some rice pellets. I have only had the mare for 6 months but I noticed she isn’t shedding plus the hair is a little curly. I forgot to mention she is 14 yrs old

Jefferson County Oregon horse nutrition Posted 2 days ago

Mare retaining pregnancy belly many years after foaling

My mare has a huge belly - so much so that when I moved to my previous stable yard they insisted on running pregnancy tests even though there was no stallions where she was standing. She had a foal in 2015 and it just seems that no matter the feed/ exercise she doesn't seem to loose it and I'm not quite sure what to do. Since the pregnancy , she's been at 3 yards with 3 different feeds and hay and at none of these places have any of the other horses been in similar conditions. I'm a bit stuck and as she's now getting older (13 this year ), I really don't want the extra weigh on her joints.

Outside United States Posted 5 days ago

What breed is my horse

My horse has no breed on her passport so we aren’t sure what she is completely

Outside United States Posted 15 days ago

Overseeding thin spots

I want to overseed 2 or 3 acres of thin spots in my pasture which has gated pipe irrigation. I am in Montezuma county and it is March 12. I have a broadcast seeder but could rent a drill. When would be the best time and whay technique?

Montezuma County Colorado Posted 27 days ago

List of levels

The list as presented is incorrect.

Shiawassee County Michigan Posted about 1 month ago

Breed of my horse?

Hiya, I did make another post but made a typo saying my horse was 14’4hh (which doesn’t exist haha) Anyways: Can anyone help me out with what breed my horse is? Think she’s about 14’3 and is a medium-big build. She wears a size full head collar and cob/full/large saddle pad :) Her markings are a gorgeous dark chestnut/bay type colour and white. She also had a black tail and mainly a white mane but has got a black section at the top of her mane towards her forelock. Excuse how muddy she is in he photos but hope I gives an idea of her appearance I live in England if that helps, please help out if you know x

Outside United States Posted 3 months ago

Animal Protection Expo - Equine Sessions and CEC's

Hello, Would your organization be willing to promote the 21st Annual Animal Protection Conference And Expo? There are sessions devoted to Equine law, abuse and care as well as for dogs, cats and rabbits and other companion animals. www.animalprotectionexpo.org Oct. 18-20 in partnership with the GVMA. Thank you Susan M. Bova

Fulton County Georgia Posted 6 months ago

Weeds in pasture

We have a small pasture - about 1.5 acres. Three horses: aged Arabian mare, very dainty; older retired QH mare and an 8 yr. old, lame QH mare- very robust at 1,100 #. Hay is the main food. We buy good hay from the same person who supplies ISU's horse barn. The pasture is an amenity for the old horses to stretch, sleep and graze a little. We have no tractor. We hire a mower twice a year. We hand dig chickory, ragweed, and annual asters. Since roadside mowing is now minimized, Yellow and Green Foxtail that grows lavishly in the neighbor's hay field now covers the highway ROW and on his unmanaged land. The Foxtail is now in our pasture. I've spot sprayed with Grassout. Instead of killing the foxtail, it acted like a Plant Growth Regulator and caused early seed set on 3" high stems. I would still like to keep the pasture open for the horses to use. When we are in drought conditions, we do not allow any access. Frankly, the horses prefer to stay in their barn, on the rubber mats, under the cross breeze of the two large fans as they eat Wade Feurings great hay. Now that the white sweet clover, red clover other grasses (timothy, brome, fescues, annual rye and some Big Bluestem and Side Oats from the prairie are growing post-rainfall, we allow horses to access the pasture for about 2 hours a day. Is there a better method for controlling Foxtail? Must we kill every area where it exists with glyphosate? We also find that having our other neighbor apply the very well composted manure holds soil moisture, and helps the grasses flourish. We are wondering if we have a very deep layer of compost placed over the now very short plant growth regulator impacted Foxtail will suppress/smoother it? We can then just plant a mix of pasture grasses and prairie seed right into the compost. What is the earliest time that I could have the compost put on the pasture? We usually wait until November, but ... if we could get the Foxtail covered, I could sow seeds now and they would have a good start. I'd also like to top dress some of the other areas with compost. In times of unstable weather, having that compost is even more critical than ever. The horses are well-loved by us, but are also visited by two Hospice Nurses who just enjoy brushing them; local kids who have parents in the military and ... some of my students who experience home sickness and need some pet therapy. Many people believe that dogs are the natural empathic experts. Horses are also very astute in identifying which people need attention. We are getting rather old to keep up this regime, but... it makes it worthwhile because on the grander scheme of community - many people benefit from these good, big friends. Thanks, Danielle Wirth

Boone County Iowa Posted 7 months ago

Safer method of leading a horse Not a question but a view from the experts, please

I have noted many people lead a horse on a halter only, recently I noted a handler trying to lunge a horse on a halter. Leading a horse on a halter outside of confined yard is fraught with danger.
If the animal takes fright and then decides flight you have no hope at all of controlling that horse.
I have seen this happen and I have had it happen to myself. It can and often does lead to injury to the handler.
A halter should only be used when leading in a confined space i.e yard to yard. A halter should also be used to tether a horse on its own or in conjunction with a bridle to avoid damage to the bridle. When I lead a horse in an open area I always use a bridle with a double clip lead. If I have a halter over the top of the bridle, I use two methods. A single clip lead, I thread the lead through the bridle mouthpiece D Ring or the egg yoke ring, then clip on to the halter. If I use a double clip lead, I clip one latch onto the ring of the bridle mouth piece, the second latch is clipped onto the halter. Both methods give far more control over the head. Always, always use gloves when leading a horse, when a horse starts to get away on you and the lead rips through your hand, nasty rope burns can happen. When that happens, goodness knows were the horse will career of to?




Outside United States Posted 9 months ago

foaling dureing a full moon

does foaling take place more during the full moon phase


Pocahontas County Iowa Posted 9 months ago